Sea Study III

Mary Frank

Mary Frank (02/04/1933- ) was born in London, England.  She began her career as a sculptor of massive wood pieces and became well known for terra-cotta sculptures of women, winged figures, and mythical animals.  She is also noted as a printmaker.  Her bold and adventurous style incorporates a variety of media such as wood, plaster, glass, clay, bronze, multi-layered monoprints, and paintings on metal and glass.  She traveled to Spain, France, and England, gathering ideas for her work. She has gained notoriety as a ceramic artist and sculptor, but in recent years has begun to experiment more widely with oil painting.  Franks' subject matter continues to range from the minute details of the natural world to the abstract endless void of existence.  As of late, her works exhibit the theme of dissonance between human civilization and the natural world. She has taught at the New School for Social Research (1970-75), Queens College (1970-75), and Skowhegan School (1976) among many others.  She was a recipient of the Longview Foundation grant for three consecutive years between 1962 and 1964, as well as the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1973 and 1983. Frank is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.  Her works are included in several collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Art Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Library of Congress.  Frank has appeared in solo and group exhibitions nationwide at such venues as The Brooklyn Museum, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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